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6th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 5 ISAF Personnel in Southeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack in southeastern Afghanistan today that killed three Coalition soldiers and two civilian personnel who worked for the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team.

5th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Increased Targeting of IMU Continues in Afghan North

Patrick Megahan

During an operation in the northern province of Baghlan on April 3, Afghan and Coalition special operations forces arrested another leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The raid was the 13th operation...

3rd April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Strikes Courtroom in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team stormed a courthouse in western Afghanistan today in an attempt to free Taliban prisoners who were on trial. The Taliban assault team, estimated at between six to nine fighters,...

26th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Latest IMU Capture Indicates Resiliency of Terror Group in Afghanistan

Patrick Megahan

Yesterday, Afghan and Coalition forces captured a commander from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan during yet another operation in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province.

18th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets IMU Suicide Bombing Network Following Deadly Attack

Patrick Megahan

Following a deadly suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan that killed 10 people on March 13, Afghan and Coalition forces launched separate raids on March 14 and March 15 targeting three senior members of the al Qaeda-linked...

14th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU Commander Captured in Kunduz

Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force has captured a commander in the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan during an operation in northern Afghanistan. Afghan and Coalition forces captured...

11th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

2 US Soldiers Killed by Afghan Policeman in Attack at Special Forces Base

Bill Roggio

An Afghan policeman killed two US soldiers in an attack at a US Special Forces base in Wardak province today. The attack is the second green-on-blue, or insider attack, that has been reported in the past four days.

11th March 2013 - Hearst TV

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's discusses Afghan President Hamid Karzai's comments that the US and Taliban are collaborating.

3rd March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Report: Airstrike Killed Taliban Shadow Governor Sheikh Dost Mohammed

The Taliban's most vaunted commander in Nuristan and Kunar provinces, Sheikh Dost Mohammed, has been killed along with three other Taliban figures in a US drone strike, according to Bokhdi News...

23rd February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Multiple Insurgents Captured in Raid Targeting IMU Leader

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

Afghan and Coalition troops captured six insurgents during a raid two days ago that targeted a leader from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The security forces launched the raid...

19th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Insider Attack Facilitator Killed in Kunar

Bill Roggio

ISAF has announced that a Taliban operative who facilitated insider attacks was killed last week in Kunar province along with an associate. The operative was responsible for the May 11, 2012 green-on-blue attack...

9th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

2 IMU Leaders Captured in Northern Afghanistan

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) captured two Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commanders during separate raids in northern Afghanistan over the past two days. Special operations forces...

31st January 2013 - Syndicated

The Frank Gaffney Show

Bill Roggio

FDD's Bill Roggio offers his gloom prediction of what will happen if the United States military leaves only a token force behind in Afghanistan. Namely, territory that Americans fought and died for will be...

29th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU Commander Captured in Northern Afghanistan

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition forces arrested an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) commander today during an operation in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province. The International Security Assistance Force...

27th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches Another Raid Targeting al Qaeda in Kunar

Patrick Megahan

On Jan. 25, the International Security Assistance Force reported another operation in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province targeting a Taliban leader associated with al Qaeda. This follows a report three...

25th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-Linked Taliban Commander Targeted in Kunar Raid

Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force reported yesterday that an operation targeting an "al Qaeda associated Taliban leader" was conducted in Kunar province, Afghanistan on Jan. 23. Two insurgents...

21st January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Attacks Police Headquarters in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched their second suicide assault against a security installation in the capital of Kabul in six days. The suicide assault team targeted the traffic police headquarters in western...

13th January 2013 - NPR

All Things Considered

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Obama met last week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014. Counterterrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses...

11th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills and Captures IMU Operatives in Afghan North

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition troops killed a facilitator for the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) during a raid in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar yesterday. In a separate raid...

9th January 2013 - The Atlantic

Learning From the Soviets: How to Withdraw From Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One unique feature of Afghanistan's history, in addition to the ubiquity of foreign invasions that stretch back for 2600 years, is the manner in which one would-be conqueror after another found its position...

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